This week’s Giants-Cubs series provided a close look at two of the leading candidates for National League Rookie of the Year. While the Cubs’ Kris Bryant has been a favorite since his debut in April, the Giants’ Matt Duffy has forced his way into the conversation since becoming a starter in May. Here’s how their statistics entering the weekend compare:
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In the three-game Giants-Cubs series, Bryant went 4 for 12 with two RBIs and a run while displaying his versatility by playing third base, center field and right field. Duffy was 3 for 12 with two runs and an RBI. The third baseman also earned some tough-guy points when he shook off a sprained ankle in the first inning Wednesday – and a pick-off throw by the Cubs on the next play – to steal a base in the inning and play the rest of the series.
Bryant, 23, was drafted second overall in 2013 and spent less than two full seasons in the Cubs’ minor-league system before making his major-league debut on April 17. Duffy, 24, was selected in the 18th round in 2012 by the Giants but jumped from Double A to the majors last Aug. 1. Bryant hit 31 home runs as a junior at the University of San Diego. Duffy did not hit a home run in three seasons at Long Beach State.